7 Factors to Determine Your Direction

I run into a lot of young people who are pretty committed to following Christ with their lives and yet they sort of live in this fog about exactly what that looks like for them. We tend to over-spiritualize God’s Will as if it is some hazy, foggy, wispy thing when it is really not…

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5-4-3 Tools for Making Good Decisions

5 Things To Know: 1) Know What You Believe (Matthew 6:45; Proverbs 23:7) What you believe down deep in your heart is the most important thing about you. Notice I said what you believe, not what your parents or pastor or guidance counselor believes. Every major life decision should be run thru the filter of…

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Crosswalk Column: “Mom, Dad, and God”

The words I’m about to write are risky, so please read them carefully and weigh all of them in light of Scripture. But I’m writing them, because I believe they need to be said. Sometimes young people need to step up and make a decision for God, despite the advice of their parents. Ohh, I…

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Forgotten God

I just finished a powerful book by Francis Chan, Forgotten God. This was my first Chan book. I had heard him speak a number of times and have been encouraged to read his work by many friends. This is one of those books that doesn’t necessarily inspire, but it motivates and convicts. The premise of…

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Expecting Crosses

Here is my weekly Crosswalk.com column: Expecting Crosses I’ve read John 12:25 quite a few times in my Christian journey and yet I never fully grasped its meaning until recently. We all know Jesus is reminding his followers that to be a disciples means to sacrifice, to take up the cross, to surrender. And I…

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Rollerblading and the Truth

This is an excerpt from my new book, Crash Course When I got out of high school I had the bright idea of learning to Rollerblade™. Now if you know me, you know I’m about as coordinated as a giraffe on a skateboard. So I bought some Rollerblades™ and set off for the biggest hill…

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Carrying Your Cross

Great quote for Sunday by one of my favorite preachers of the past, Dr. Ray Stedman If you belong to Jesus, every day will have its cross, every day will have something you ought to do but you don’t feel like doing. That is your cross. “He who follows me must take up his cross…

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The Beautiful Power of Forgiveness

This is my Crosswalk.com column for this week: My wife and I recently viewed the movie Amish Grace, based on the tragic massacre of five little girls in the Amish community of Nickel Mines in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. We were deeply moved by the powerful story of forgiveness. I must confess I know little of…

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